Atlanta-born creative Kanye West on Friday (October 27, 2019) dropped Jesus Is King, his ninth studio album. The 11-song project reflects West’s renewed dedication to Christianity and belief in Jesus Christ, which first found expression through his “Sunday Service” performances.
The art of the album is a photograph of a royal blue vinyl album stamped with Jesus Is King and Kanye West in gold capped letters.
At a listening party held a month prior to the album release, West explained the motivation for the project. According to the NY Times, he told the crowd, “By having the luxury of having an amazing choir around me every Sunday. I came to know the truth and the joy of Jesus Christ. This album has been made to be an expression of the gospel and to share the gospel and the truth of what Jesus has done to me. When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he does for me, my soul cries out.”
As part of his new, more deeply Christian path, there is not a word of profanity uttered on the album, neither by himself nor featured artists rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign, rapper Ant Clemons, gospel singer Fred Hammond and saxophonist Kenny G. The album also reunites a curse-free version of The Clipse brothers, Gene “No Malice” Thornton and Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton .
The album is now available on all streaming platforms. Check it out on Spotify below.